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April 27, 2013

Local drought levels fall from severe to moderate

GREENVILLE — Recent rains have been enough to reduce the drought level in Hunt County and the surrounding area, but not by much.

After weeks of being listed under “severe” drought conditions, level was lowered to “moderate” under the United States Drought Monitor report released Thursday, which also revealed that almost all of Texas is still being impacted by the ongoing drought.

Data for the report was collected Tuesday morning, and indicated that 98.55 percent of the state was listed as experiencing “abnormal dryness”, with about 70 percent of the state under a “moderate” drought or higher, 38 percent of Texas listed under a “severe” drought and almost 12 percent suffering under an exceptional drought.

The water level on Lake Tawakoni was listed at 432.22 feet Friday afternoon, down more than five feet from the lake’s pool elevation of 437.5 feet.

Hunt County is not currently under a burn ban, although there are still certain restrictions to outdoor burning. The burning of household trash is only permissible during daylight hours and the wind speed cannot be greater then 23 mph.

Natural materials, such as brush and limbs can be burned, but not treated or painted lumber. No prohibited material — including but not limited to rubber, plastics, wire, insulation and furniture — can be burned, and a responsible person must be present during active burning.

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